SAFETY OFFICER 5361
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class assists in maintaining employee safety and health standards mandated by the New York State Public Employee Occupational Safety and Health Act and/or the Federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. The incumbent cooperates with representatives of regulatory agencies to formulate safety and health practices, and works to correct violations. Supervision is received from a Senior Safety Officer or an administrative supervisor who evaluates performance through conferences and review of reports. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Notifies administrators of unsafe conditions and/or practices, and recommends remedies and/or preventive measures;
Develops recommendations for employee safety training programs;
Performs inspections of work sites which have been the subject of complaints, takes readings and samples for analysis;
Supports management and employees in implementing safety programs;
Researches health and safety grievances and/or complaints submitted by employees regarding possible health and safety violations;
Recommends alternative solutions to health and safety grievances and/or complaints.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of Public Employee Occupational Safety and Health Act and/or the Federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act standards and regulations; good knowledge of mediation and arbitration procedures; ability to develop a good working relationship with employees, and gain their cooperation in the establishment and maintenance of a sound safety program; ability to maintain accurate records and prepare clear and concise reports; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
(a) Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Bachelor's Degree, and two (2) years of experience in the development or implementation of employee safety or accident prevention programs.
(b) Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma, and six (6) years of experience in the development or implementation of employee safety or accident prevention programs; or,
(c) An equivalent combination of education and experience as defined by the limits of (a) and (b).
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
At the time of appointment and during employment in this title employees must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.